Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mind Body Wellness

Good morning UCSD! I had the pleasure of speaking at the ICRA conference this past weekend about achieving total wellness. It was an awesome opportunity for campus leaders throughout southern California to come and be reminded about the basics when it comes to taking care of yourself. After all, in order to be a great leader, you must maintain your own personal wellness, right?

Our UCSD NRH members also attended and were a great asset to the event. Here is a little insight from one of our own students on the path to achieving total wellness:  

Hi folks!
The name’s Will; I’m a third year undergrad from Revelle College majoring in Communication and minoring in Human Development. Going strong in my third year now, I guess you can say I’ve learned a lot about UCSD from my numerous experiences pertaining to residence life and working for the Office of Parent & Family Programs under the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. But at the same time, these experiences continue to teach me a great deal about myself.

Around my second year is when I found the drive to try eating better and exercising regularly. By talking to various friends, mentors, and advisors, I also found that journaling was a great way for me to do more for myself than just take care of my body.

Journaling has helped me improve my emotional well-being. A lot of people don’t journal because they think it’s cliché or that it’s so abstract that they don’t know where to start. That’s just it: the cool thing about journaling is that the details don’t matter — you simply make it your own.

My point: taking care of your health — be it through eating a balanced diet, regularly exercising, taking your vitamins, and/or getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep — is definitely important, but bringing your psyche into balance with your body is just as vital.

Thanks to the HDH Taste Bud program that has supported my life as a Triton by helping me get the most out of the nutrition resources available on campus. My advice to folks is to try all of the free on-campus resources available to you at least once before you graduate. You never know what you might find!
 Will Hsu

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